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Good reportage -- and until there is something better from the literary angle, the best general coverage we have had on the Pacific fleet from Pearl Harbor to Midway. The author of I Can't Forget was rushed to Pearl Harbor immediately after December 7th, and reached there soon enough to get the feel of the tragedy at first hand. The spectre of Pearl Harbor haunts the pages of the book -- incidents keep cropping up, and are told as he learned them. But his own personal experiences did not stop there. He was assigned to the fleet, as correspondent, saw action from various types of vessel -- a heavy cruiser, a flag ship. etc. He was ""in"" on the preparations and the attack of Coral Sea, of Midway and the smaller attacks that were preludes. You realize how completely integrated navy and air force must be in modern warfare. There are high spots of vivid writing; there are other sections that seem burdened with detail or punctuated with his personal fight against censorship. But he does not quite override this as does Ccil Brown, where -- bitter as he is -- he writes at a pace that merges the personal spite. However, the Casey book meets a real need at the moment -- it gives the reader a sense of seeing what life in the Pacific War is for men with the Pacific fleet.

Pub Date: Nov. 2nd, 1942
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill